Now that we've gazed inside what is purported to be Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's explosives-laden underwear
, let's look inside his mind, by way of an archive of postings he made to the Islamic discussion website gawaher.com.
Would the prophet Muhammad have played soccer, were he alive today? Is it okay to eat meals with my parents, even though they're unclean? All this and more he asked, and we know this because Wired Danger Room dug up a slew of links.
The following post is credited to "Farouk1986", whose email was listed as firstname.lastname@example.org.:
First of all, i have no friend. Not because i do not socialise, etc but because either people do not want to get too close to me as they go partying and stuff while i dont, or they are bad people who befriend me and influence me to do bad things. Hence i am in a situation where i do not have a friend, i have no one to speak too, no one to consult, no one to support me and i feel depressed and lonely. i do not know what to do.
And then i think this loneliness leads me to other problems. As i get lonely, the natural sexual drive awakens and i struggle to control it, sometimes leading to minor sinful activities like not lowering the gaze.
And in the next line, "i want to talk about is my dilemma between liberalism and extremism." Here's one from a few months later in 2005
, in which Farouk1986 discusses having found happiness in Yemen:
After a hard battle deciding where to go and what to do, i finally ended up in Yemen. I'm doing a 3 month arabic course and so far it is just great. There are a lot of Brits and Americans also studying in the Institute i'm studying in, Sana'a institute of Arabic Languages- http://www.sialyemen.com
Wired Danger Room post
(Correction: an earlier version of this post quoted items now understood to have been posted by a different user of the gawaher.com forums).
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